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New! Beginner Banjo with Cary Fridley

Join Cary Fridley for a 4-week comprehensive Beginner Banjo in-person group class in the mountains of Western North Carolina, taught in two locations: Waynesville and in Black Mountain.

What we will cover: Learn the basics of the old-time Appalachian clawhammer style banjo:  tunings, the basic stroke or “bum-diddy,” how to play a melody, beginner exercises, 2-3 tunes, and an introduction to the drop thumb technique.  Students must have their own banjo in good working condition.

Ages of Participants – 16 and older

Minimum # of Participants – 5

Maximum # of Participants – 20

Tuition $80 per 4 week session

Brief Bio of the Instructor

Cary Fridley has a Masters in Music Education from UNCG and has provided professional workshop instruction at Mars Hill Old-Time Music Week, LEAF, Dusty Strings Traditional Workshops in Seattle, WA, the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, Kauffman Kamp, and The Swannanoa Gathering.  She began playing the banjo as a teenager and made her mark in the 1990’s as guitarist and singer with the Freight Hoppers.  Cary currently plays bass and sings with WNC bands The Sweet Dreamers and the Haywood Ramblers. 

In Waynesville, NC at the Folkmoot Center: Tuesdays September 13, 20, 27, and October 4 from 2-3PM

Visit the Folkmoot Friendship Center to sign up for classes in Waynesville, NC. Spaces are limited. Email Cary Fridley for more information.

In Black Mountain, NC at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts: Wednesdays September 14, 21, 28, and October 5 from 5:30-6:30PM.

Visit Black Mountain Center for the Arts to sign up for classes in Black Mountain, NC. Spaces are limited. Email Cary Fridley for more information.

Upcoming Events

  • Cary as Ghost Tour Guide October 3, 2022 at 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm Downtown, Asheville, NC 28801, USA Visit https://graylineasheville.com/tours/ghost-tour/ to book your Asheville Ghost Tour.  Tours start at 7PM and last for 75 minutes, riding around downtown Asheville on the trolley.  Second tours are added when the first one fills up, starting at 8:30PM.  Stories include Helen Clevenger's Ghost, The Pink Lady, Helen's Bridge, and more.
  • Beginner Clawhammer Banjo with Cary Fridley October 4, 2022 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Folkmoot USA, 112 Virginia Ave, Waynesville, NC 28786, USA Cary teaches the basics of beginner clawhammer banjo for old-time jamming in this 4-week group class for adults.  Contact the Folkmoot Friendship Center to sign up, https://www.folkmoot.org/.
  • Beginner Clawhammer Banjo with Cary Fridley October 5, 2022 at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA Cary teaches the basics of beginner clawhammer banjo for old-time jamming in this 4-week group class for adults.  Contact the Black Mountain Center for the Arts to sign up, https://www.blackmountainarts.org/.
  • Beginner Clawhammer Banjo with Cary Fridley October 12, 2022 at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA Cary teaches the basics of beginner clawhammer banjo for old-time jamming in this 4-week group class for adults.  Contact the Black Mountain Center for the Arts to sign up, https://www.blackmountainarts.org/.
  • Bass with Uptown Hillbillies October 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Cork and Keg bar, 86 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
  • Bass with Lush (Linda Mitchell Trio) @ Root Bar October 21, 2022 at 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Root Bar, 1410 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805, USA
  • Bass with Uptown Hillbillies November 11, 2022 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Cork and Keg bar, 86 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
  • Cary and Sarah Owen at Fiddling On The Hill November 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Mars Hill University, 100 Athletic St, Mars Hill, NC 28754, USA Monthly traditional jam session at the Lunsford Commons (upper quad).  Bring an instrument and join in or just listen, all are welcome.  https://www.mhu.edu/about/what-to-do-and-see/ramsey-center/
  • Bass with The Old Chevrolette Set at Cork and Keg November 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Cork and Keg bar, 86 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
  • Bass with The Old Chevrolette Set December 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Homeplace Beer Company, 321 W Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
  • Bass with The Old Chevrolette Set December 8, 2022 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Homeplace Beer Company, 321 W Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
  • Bass with The Old Chevrolette Set December 15, 2022 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Homeplace Beer Company, 321 W Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
  • Bass with The Old Chevrolette Set December 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Homeplace Beer Company, 321 W Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA